Educating Rita UK Tour 2020

Stephen Tompkinson is to star in the 40th-anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. The Educating Rita UK Tour 2020 is now on sale.

Educating Rita UK Tour 2020
David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Theatre by the Lake are delighted to announce that the major new stage production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita which toured the UK in 2019 will be back in 2020 celebrating the play’s 40th anniversary. Starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank, and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita, the play will be directed by Max Roberts.

Educating Rita tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons and her encounters with university tutor Frank. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. However, Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other.

Educating Rita Uk Tour
Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson in Educating Rita UK Tour. Photo: Robert Day

The play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played at the Warehouse Theatre, London in 1980, starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. Julie Walters reprised her role in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film opposite Michael Caine.

The 40th-anniversary production of Educating Rita kicks off on 4 February 2020 at the Oxford Playhouse continuing through May 2020.

The Educating Rita UK Tour will have set and costume designs by Patrick Connellan, lighting design by Drummond Orr and sound design by David Flynn.


4 – 8 February 2020
Oxford Playhouse

10 -15 February 2020
King’s Theatre, Portsmouth

17 – 22 February 2020
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

24 – 29 February 2020
Theatre Royal, Glasgow

3 – 7 March 2020
Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple

9 – 14 March 2020
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

16 – 21 March 2020
Grand Theatre, Blackpool

24 – 28 March 2020
Rose Theatre, Kingston

30 March – 4 April 2020
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

20 – 25 April 2020
New Theatre, Cardiff

27 April – 2 May 2020
Royal and Derngate Northampton

4 – 9 May 2020
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

11 – 16 May 2020
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

18 – 23 May 2020
Newcastle Theatre Royal

Further dates to be announced.

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